Meet the winners of the 2019 National Book Award

See which books took home the top prize in young people's literature, translated literature, poetry, nonfiction, and fiction last night.

Young People’s Literature

1919 The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler

From the publisher: “1919 was a world-shaking year. America was recovering from World War I and black soldiers returned to racism so violent that that summer would become known as the Red Summer. The suffrage movement had a long-fought win when women gained the right to vote. Laborers took to the streets to protest working conditions; nationalistic fervor led to a communism scare; and temperance gained such traction that prohibition went into effect. Each of these movements reached a tipping point that year. Now, one hundred years later, these same social issues are more relevant than ever.”

About the author: Martin W. Sandler is the author of more than 60 books and a two-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize. He also has five Emmy Awards for his work in writing for television.

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